Master of Education
School of Education
The Master of Education program serves as an opportunity to improve your teaching practice, solidify your understanding of educational theory, and advance to leadership roles in the educational sphere. A well-rounded, hands-on curriculum connects coursework to students’ teaching and work settings. And with four specialized tracks within this degree program, our students can truly hone in on their areas of interest and career aspirations.
Class schedules can accommodate students who are working professionals—and the coursework features hands-on, interactive learning among outstanding faculty and highly engaged peers.
Who It's For
This program is a place for educators who want to refine their craft, broaden their skills, and become more effective in their practice. In Westminster's program, you can select a specialization: Adult Learning, Special Education, TESOL, or Trauma, Resilience, and Restorative Justice.
- Put theory into practice. Boost communication skills, instructional methodologies, technologies, and subject-area content.
- Customize your coursework. Tailor a curriculum toward your own needs and goals.
- Gain from a program that works with you. Experience small class sizes and accommodating schedules that support your success.
How Long It Takes
Most students finish the MEd. program in 5 semesters, but schedules can be adapted for a longer time frame and can vary depending on which certificates, credentials, or endorsements are pursued.
Accreditation Employers Trust
Licensure programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Other tracks are accredited by the Utah State Board of Education and/or the Northwest Accreditation Commission.
"What I learned academically was rigorous, informative, and practical. I made priceless connections professionally and personally that will last a lifetime."
About the Program
Fine-tune your instructional skills while enjoying the freedom and support to explore new methods and practices. You won’t just gain new understandings, frameworks, and skills, —you’ll emerge with greater confidence, collaboration, and self-awareness.
What You'll Learn
The Master of Education program curriculum is highly personalized around your goals as an educator. You get to select from a number of tracks within the program, each of which thoroughly prepares you for a different specialization.
Pedagogy: Design, facilitate, and assess learning while demonstrating knowledge of relevant theoretical foundations and the interactions of individual, group, and societal contexts for teaching and learning.
Research: Plan projects, search relevant professional databases, collect data through interviews and other applicable methods, analyze data, and complete and disseminate findings.
Critical thinking: Comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts, events, and other positions, before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
Creativity: Combine or synthesize new ideas, practices, or expertise in original ways characterized by innovation, divergent thinking, and risk-taking.
Collaboration: Demonstrate self-awareness, understanding of effective group dynamics, and project management skills.
Communication: Communicate ideas to audiences in oral, visual, and written forms to establish knowledge, to increase understanding, or to advocate for a particular position.
Global Responsibility: Employ practices informed by social responsibility across the spectrum of differences and demonstrate knowledge of and evaluate solutions for educational challenges affecting local, regional, and global communities.
Focus on the impact that trauma has on the mental and physical health of individuals while exploring research-based strategies, like restorative justice, that build resilience in individuals and communities.
This emphasis is the first of its kind in Utah and the Rocky Mountain West. Selecting this track will prepare you to apply your expertise in schools, universities, nonprofits, government agencies, and community-based work where demand is high for educators and advocates skilled in this area.
Adult Learning Emphasis
Sharpen your skills and expertise in adult education. This emphasis provides an incredible foundation for future corporate trainers, higher-education leaders, and teachers in other education programs for adults. You’ll improve and elevate your current teaching practice while gaining unique skills specific to this student demographic.
Special Education License or Endorsement
A great special education teacher is more than an instructor: they’re an instrument for social change. Through the special education license or endorsement, we prepare teaching candidates to work with students who have a wide range of learning, cognitive, emotional, and physical abilities. And you’ll learn through practices that nurture and develop equity and inclusion for all students. Students must have an elementary or secondary license to obtain a special education license or endorsement.
The TESOL endorsement is for educators who want to teach English language learners—and do so as effectively as possible. The endorsement is required of almost all K–12 teachers today, and it’s also exceptionally helpful for teachers in adult-learning classrooms. You’ll not only gain the endorsement but will also hone your skills through hands-on research, observation, and reflection.
Traditional Customizable Track
Chart your own course toward your unique professional goals by customizing a combination of classes from the MEd. and related disciplines. You can focus on areas like educational policy, advocacy, or administration, or create a tailored program of study. The field of education is changing and this track enables you to help lead the way to new futures.
Plan of Study
Graduates can obtain various licenses and endorsements. Licensing and endorsement requirements vary by state. Utah students must apply with the Utah State Board of Education. Westminster has not determined whether it meets the educational requirements for licensure in all other states within the United States, including U.S. territories. Students will need to inquire with additional states for information.
Master of Arts in Teaching to Master of Education Opportunity
If you have previously completed your master of arts in teaching at Westminster, you have the opportunity to participate in the Master of Arts in Teaching to Master of Education opportunity that will allow you to use Master of Arts in Teaching program credits towards the requirements of the Master of Education program. This allows you to earn a second degree while deepening your expertise as a teacher by following the TESOL endorsement or Trauma, Resilience, Restorative Justice emphasis within the Master of Education program.
If you have not yet taken the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Westminster, but are interested in additionally pursuing a master of education, you can complete your master of arts in teaching degree and follow through to the Master of Education program, using some of your previously earned Master of Arts in Teaching program credits towards the requirements of the Master of Education program. This allows you to deepen your expertise as a teacher while earning 2 degrees by following the TESOL endorsement or Trauma, Resilience, Restorative Justice emphasis within the Master of Education program.
Instructional Design Foundations
This course introduces instructional design and educational technology. Students will learn the basics of instructional design, systematic design, multimedia learning, user-experience, and instructional design tools. Students will practice identifying and analyzing instructional need and will create instructional design documents.
Serious Games and Gamification
Gaming has become an important pathway for learning in a variety of formal and non-formal settings. In this course, students learn the difference between gamification, game-based learning, and learning games and how to use these formats effectively. Students connect learning theories to game design to enhance motivation and learning. Students make use of research on learning through gaming and design a game-based learning unit. Ethical issues involved in the field will be explored.
Assessment for English Learners
Students will apply content from the Methods and Content Area Instruction courses to develop a rationale for incorporating assessment as an intrinsic and ongoing aspect of the teaching/learning process. Students will learn ways to monitor student progress, place students appropriately, and design authentic assessment for elementary, secondary, and adult English language learners. Students will also explore policies and practices of standardized assessments commonly used to assess English language proficiency and academic language development within the context of U.S. public schools. Prerequisite: MEd.623.
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- Our graduates are highly sought -after in a wide variety of positions and often receive multiple job offers.
- Depending on the specialization, graduates quickly find work as a teacher within a local school, charter school, private school, nonprofit, business, or even in the entrepreneurial realm.
“The education I received was not just about learning ideas and concepts, it’s also about a way of thinking. We are taught to look at different angles and perspectives, be reflective and analytical but also be emotional and passionate around things we care about.”
Tuition and Fees
At Westminster, we are committed to making your education affordable.
Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment. Westminster also offers scholarships for graduate students.
Students who completed an undergraduate degree at Westminster are eligible to receive the Westminster Alumni Scholarship.
Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.
Students in education programs may be eligible for the federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program. Grants are generally need-based and do not need to be repaid. Some grants have requirements upon graduation to ensure repayment is not necessary.
Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.
Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.
- Fall Entry: June 1
- Spring Entry: October 15
- Summer Entry: March 1
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